Friday, November 25, 2011

Daibutsu-ike Pond in full spectrum of colors

Daibutsu-ike Pond of Todaiji-Temple in Nara Park is one of my favorite sites as a leaf watcher. Trees have broken into colors later than ususal due to warm weather.  Let’s enjoy the autumn color show!

First of all, how about yellow with tint of gold?

Collaboration of real maple leaves and reflected ginkgo leaves

Susuki (Japanese pampas grass) and the blue sky with clouds joined. 
Can you spot a spider?

ナンキンハゼ(Nankin-haze), or Sapium sebiferum, has fallen some of their leaves.

When you look up.....
Sapium sebiferum
Japanese maple

layers of colors

The area is filled with vibrant colors of red, vermillion, orange, yellow, and green!

 This post is a contribution to the Weekend Reflections. 
For more reflections, visit the site, here.


  1. very beautiful! thanks for sharing!

  2. They are images filled with poetry, I want to be there.

  3. Piękne jesienne zdjęcia. Pierwsze wygląda jak z bajki, ostatnie jak namalowany obraz.Pozdrawiam

  4. The water in the first photo with the deer in the foreground looks like a puddle of serenity. I, too, am a leaf watcher so congratulate you on your wonderful finds of contrasting colors. I didn’t spot the spider but imagine there are many more hidden within the lovely foliage! :)

  5. I've always thought that nothing can teach us better than Nature how to grow up (and old) so gracefully and meaningful...
    I simply love the japonese maple tree with its silky, ethereal foliage as if you would expect all the leaves to fly away like butterflies at your smallest touch! And the happy, bright yellow ginko...

    Somehow I envy that beautiful dear you've caught in your picture, Yoko, and the small spider dangling in its web among such colours.
    Thank you for your gift of beauty and I wish you a great weekend!


  6. Hello stardust,
    What an absolute treat. You leaf pictures are exceptional.

  7. Hello Yoko, it's always a pleasure visiting your blog!!

  8. Your post today is like a dream! Gorgeous!

  9. Beautiful shots!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great weekend.

  10. Your pictures are so peaceful!I felt an inner peace seeing them. Thanks.

  11. I love seeing your late autumn leaves, as our trees have long ago shed theirs.

  12. What a great place. There are many places like this in Japan. I also visited to see autumn leaves last week. It's also awesome.

  13. 情緒あふれる日本画のような一連の写真、ほんとにきれいです!今年の紅葉、心配しましたが見頃になってきましたね。

  14. Good morning Stardust.
    秋もようやく深まって、紅葉が見ごろになりました。一枚めの写真、鹿君もゆっくりとこの美しい季節を堪能しているように見えます。奈良の鹿くん良かったね!移りゆくこの一瞬一瞬をより大切に、時に感傷的になりがちですが、positive な気分も取り戻して楽しみたいですね。色とりどりの秋を楽しませてくれて有難うStardust.
    Have a great weekend.

  15. Your pictures seem paintings. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a good weekend.

    Roberto, Rio de Janeiro.

  16. The photo with the deer looks like a scene from a fairy tale.

  17. Lovely pics as allways!! Very beautiful nature with spectacular colors! I can see the summer is over where you are:o)
    Here in Norway, I'm waiting for the first snow;o)

    Please take a visit at my new Photoblog:

    Have a great weekend, my friend!

  18. 水面に映える銀杏、南京櫨。秋の陽に照るいろとりどりのもみじ。美しいです。丹念に撮影されていて観ていて堪能します。
    Thank you and have a good weekend.

  19. Sí puedo ver la araña y tu modo de ver la arboleda y me gusta... gracias amiga... Bss

  20. Hi Yoko
    these are such wonderful photos, the colours just beautiful. The second one makes me think of a silk painting. The quiet still deer is perfectly posing for you.
    The mixed colours of leaves remind me of something and I think it is origami paper that I have in the same tones. I love the delicate maple leaves.
    This time last year I climbed up Mt Takao on the outskirts of Tokyo and enjoyed the last of the autumn leaves.
    Happy Days

  21. Cosmos - 赤い花にみえますが葉なのです。写真右上端に少し見えているものと同じです。ナンキンハゼと思われます。ススキの中でいいアクセントになっていました。

  22. Penelope – A spider is hanging on its cobweb, though we don’t see the web and the spider looks hanging in the air. When the photo is divided into sixteen, it is close to the forked twig in the second row of the rightest column. Yes, there must be many small creatures hidden in that nature.

  23. I went there before one week. But leaves were not such yellow and there were few fallen leaves like my last blog I posted. You know the best time well!
    I like the fourth photo. Shadows in the pond is interesting shape and color.
    Lovely days.

  24. These photos are fabulous, the blend of gold, brown and yellow gave them so much depth. Amazingly a Chinese friend gave me today a small Japanese maple which she grew from as seed. The foliage is so delicate!
    P.S. Thank you for your kind words on my 2nd anniversary. As i wrote it is always rewarding having blog friends visiting even if it is from time to time. :)

  25. Yoko,this place is stunningly beautiful.I was going to choose a favourite image but they are all so lovely I'd have to include every one.
    Enjoy your park and the remainder of autumn.
    Best wishes,

  26. What a beautiful colors and natural compositions .Great to see and thanks for showing.

  27. Your photos are beautiful, lovely they would be in a grouping on a wall. I especially liked the one of 'real maple leaves and reflected ginkgo leaves'... but then when viewing the others, they became favorites too! You did a wonderful job in capturing their gentle loveliness!

  28. Your photos are fabulous!!! Such wonderful Fall color in your shots- not vivid and bright but soft, mellow, and gentle. Lovely reflections to make them even more outstanding too. A beautiful array of pictures to look through--thanks. Have a peaceful week, my friend. Mickie :)

  29. impressionist pictures ... the colours are very soothing !

  30. Oh gosh --- this post is like a lyrical poem of beauty! So gorgeous.

  31. Hey Yoko,
    I hope you are oke! The colors you are showing are beautiful. The tree's overhere are without leaves by now.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  32. What stunning photographs! The combination of real and reflections is beautiful. That deer lives in a paradise.

  33. These are so so colorful pics. All of them are so radiant and vibrant, they cheer me up this Sunday morning. I especially loved the first one, it looks like heaven!! Also the Japanese Maple and Ginkgo leaves are my favorites...
    Pretty post.
    Have a wonderful Sunday Yoko:)

  34. all these photos are beautiful but that first one with the deer beside the lake is indeed a treasure; worth framing! Thanks for sharing...

  35. Wonderful colours and beautiful reflections. Well done,

  36. The tiny spider looks like it's walking among the clouds. I'm enjoying the glorious autumn in Nara seen in the photos of my Japanese friends. The deer looks enthralled with that burst of red in the midst of the gold.

  37. º°❤
    Passei para uma visitinha.
    Suas fotografias são maravilhosas.
    Amei seu blog.
    Boa semana!
    Beijinhos. º° ✿
    ♫° Brasil

  38. Autumn is such a beautiful season. The colours in your photographs are stunning, so vibrant and glowing. The first photo with the deer is lovely.

  39. Absolutely gorgeous. I thank Lady Fi for pointing me your way. That top image is a true gem.

  40. Beautiful and delicate colors of autumn. Great shots of nature. The grass on my blog: This is the same genus of grasses - Susuki. There are grown as ornamental grasses in the garden or park. Today is no fog. It was the sun and heat. Incredibly, the approaching Christmas. Wishing you a wonderful start to the week. / Peter.

  41. gorgeous photos...I' so glad I stopped by:-)

  42. You have captures the beauty of the leaves very well. And I very much like the photo of the deer.

  43. There is within me, as I view your gorgeous photographs, a feeling of pure bliss. I think if I were so fortunate as to take photographs like these I would hang them on a wall in my home under the title, "Autumnal Bliss."

  44. such gorgeous photo's that really draw me in to the beautiful scenery!!

    your words, your photo's all exceptional. the first is my favorite as i have a soft spot for bambi!!

  45. Thanks for sharing the lovely colors. The deer and yellow image is my fav.

    Well done.

  46. Coming over from Hilary's Post of the week. Beautiful images Stardust :-)

  47. i came back to say congrats on your POTW from hilary's site!

  48. 色づいた木々と秋の空を写す湖面、岸辺の薄と点々と添えられた赤い葉、画面全体の落ち着きと透明感はまるで日本画のよう。とても素敵です。私もいつかYokoさんのように自然の中で移りゆく季節の一瞬の美しさに気づき、捕える事ができる人になりたいです。コメントとても嬉しかったです。ありがとうございます。(*´∇`*)

  49. Some of the most beautiful photography I've seen in a long time. Thanks, Yoko.

  50. My beloved friend Yoko, hi
    Fantastic photos!!!
    The Autumn in Japan, is great!!!
    And the reflections are so nice!!!
    What colors!!!!
    Thank you
    Many greetings and kisses

  51. Your photos are so pretty. Our leaves are finally turning color as well. The desert has had a very mild beginning of winter. I am happy for that. I am not a happy person when I am cold! I know the cold will come soon enough but nothing in comparison with snow covered grounds. That I am thankful for!

  52. 美しい秋ですね。。。

    Our "winter" is still brown. There was some frost last night, so I hoped for snow, but seems this year snow is on vacation :)

  53. Simply beautiful photos. The colours are gorgeous!

  54. Hello Yoko, welcome to my blog, and thank you for your comment:)

    I just love your beautiful pictures!

    Greetings from Norway

  55. Yoko, all of these photographs are just amazing, I have no words, they are breathless and so beautiful, the one with the deer is so magical, I love it! I send you lots of kisses from Madrid and I hope you have a great week ahead,

  56. Yoko, really lovely. Wish I were there!

  57. This park is amazing. Your photos are too. I liked a lot. Thank you.
    Thank you also for your visit.
    See you.

  58. すみません、昨年のお写真にコメントしました。

    stardust さんの写真を見ていたら、急にそれを思い出しました。



  59. enchanting colors !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i am stunned with glory of nature in your part of land dear Yoko !

    such lands produce serene fertile minds i bet .as soothing beauty here seems to cleans spirit and fill it with totally fresh perspective :)


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